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How to save money on food shopping



Life in the contemporary world has become increasingly expensive. Nowadays, the cost of living has skyrocketed, which means that you are probably paying more for food than you did five years ago. Grocery stores are the nucleus of consumerism because it is entirely impossible to live without them. Unfortunately, grocery stores and supermarkets are designed to seduce you into spending more than you really have.

Lucky for you, the shopper, there is a greater selection of food stores and bulk discounters that can avail food at more affordable prices. The competitive nature is great for you because it drives down prices. With a few focused tips and tricks, it is possible to save even more when food shopping. Here is how to save money on food shopping:

Before the shopping process begins:

The process of saving money on food begins even before you set foot into your favorite grocery store. Before you go for food shopping:

Prepare a shopping list

You should always have a pad or a writing surface in your kitchen where you can add items that you need in the course of the week. Noting down what you need as the week proceeds will allow you to only buy what you require

Meal prep

Meal prep will create an opportunity to plan your shopping list in advance. The menu that you create should consist of items that you already have in your pantry or fridge. This will make sure that you do waste any food and that you purchase fewer items.

Leave the little ones at home

If you can avoid it, try and leave your kids at home because of their pester power. Kids have a way of forcing you to buy things that you do not need. Furthermore, the supermarket is rigged to make you spend more, because of all the wonderful smells of the bakery and the colorful packaging that is designed to entice you and your kids.

Eat before shopping


Try to have a snack before shopping because when you are full, you are likely to spend less on food.

Set a budget and carry cash

Always set a budget before shopping and try as much as you can to stick to it. Avoid taking more cash than you need because it is bound to make you spend more than you should.

Try and buy in bulk

Buying in bulk is cheaper and it will put less strain on you because you will frequent the store less. You can divide up the bulk products into smaller portions to regulate how much you use each time.

Buy generic

If you want to stretch your pounds sterling as far as possible, you should consider buying generic rather than brand names. Brand names are just that; brand names. Generic products do not taste the same as brand names, but it is alright because you probably will not notice the difference. However, you will make significant savings in the process.

Look for the special

If you do not want to give up your brand name food supplies, try and check for their specials. Specials are typically cheaper than full price products.

Browse all the shelves

When shopping, make sure that you go through the products on the shelf. Grocery stores generally cautiously plan where each product will go to the store. For instance, the products that they want to sell quickly are usually at eye level. Because of this, make sure that you take your time to browse the range of food items available to look for cheaper alternatives.

It might take you longer to shop this way, but it will save you money consequently.

What other points have I left out? Do you think these points are a little too far ? Lets get talking.



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Why Organic Food Is Going Mainstream



One of the latest phenomena blossoming in the food industry is the changing consumer preference and the odds seemingly favoring those who love safe and chemical-free foods. The ballooning consumer demand is impressive granted that the bright star in the grocery business is a win-win for both the consumers and the growers. But, of particular importance is the reason people are going for these organic foods instead of the traditional ones.

Organic foods are nutritious with no chemical substances


Fueling the organic habit is the need for a better food alternative that puts nutrition and better health first. From plants to organic meats, all of them are perfect for those who would love to stay healthy and far from the many lifestyle based ills. Plants like beans, lentils, grains, nuts and seeds offer wide-ranging perks that keep us healthier while organic meat, fish, and other animal-based organic foods are also sustainable.

Animal welfare


Food production is largely an industrialized process that also employs a heavy use of chemicals for aroma and as preservatives. But with consumer awareness becoming an order of the day nowadays and animal welfare calls becoming more vocal via the mainstream media, use of chemicals in food production is dwindling. In fact, antibiotic-free meats, milk, and eggs as a result of better animal husbandry practices are not a new thing anymore.

Better for the environment


Much like animal welfare, environmental awareness issues surrounding food production isn’t a new idea today, although organic food growers are trying to make their efforts enough for their environment. The move is bolstered by the fact that sustainable methods of growing these foods and keeping animals also impact the environment positively. And, given that there’s no use of chemicals, it is indeed true.

Who buys organic foods?


Getting these foods is becoming even easier, and prices are becoming more reasonable, and much of it is due to the large stores and foods grocers having them, including Wal-Mart and Wild Oats organic foods. And since the number of consumers in on a gradually rising trend, it isn’t hard to tell for sure who leads the line.

Millennial parents are the most tech-savvy and indeed health-savvy given that they occupy a massive 50% and even more of those who buy the organic foods. Generation X parents and baby boomers are other organic food enthusiasts, although it is the increasing number of organic food stores that serve as a perfect testament to the growing movement.

And what is fueling the habit?

Besides each of the above reasons, other reasons to try organic foods include:

  1. The rise of the many groups that connect over the web with intentions of emancipating the masses.
  2. Mainstreaming of veganism, without a doubt, gives rise to the organic food movement too.
  3. Fast food stores are starting to include organic food menus.

Do you buy organic foods ? Why do you do so ? Lets get talking.





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Beginner tips for transitioning into a vegan diet



There are many types of diets out there, however, plant-based diets are becoming increasingly popular in the UK. Their rise in popularity has been caused by a surge of awareness regarding what people are putting into their bodies and how their choices impact the environment and other living things.  While a plant-based diet is not the best approach for everyone, nor should it be, it does have significant benefits for those that take it seriously.

So what exactly is a plant-based diet?

A plant-based diet is a diet that is a made up of plant-based foods such as vegetables, leafy greens, seeds, legumes, nuts and whole grains. Plant-based diets call for the elimination of processed foods, deep fried foods, and meals containing large sugar content because they tend to be low in nutritional value.

Some plant-based diets do allow the use of cultured dairy products such as organic eggs and wild fish while others do not. Because a plant-based diet contains all the necessary macronutrients in their raw form, this type of diet is considered much healthier by many. The benefits of the plant-based diet include increased energy levels, a healthier heart, as well as saving money on food.

Transitioning into a plant-based diet

Transitioning into a plant-based diet can be hard, particularly if you do not know what to do or what to expect. The process can be daunting and it can leave you overwhelmed at times owing to the whirlwind of information and questions that you may have. If you do not know where to start, here are tips that can make the process of transitioning easier for you:

Carry out your research

Most people tend to forget to carry out their research whenever starting anything new, which is quite unfortunate. The research will allow you to make your own decision as to what rules fit your lifestyle or your goals. For instance, some plant-based experts claim that you should not eat honey while others do. Educating yourself can help you assess the risks and benefits of eating some meals so that you can pick foods that are right for you.

Start off with a pace that works for your needs

Some people make the decision to transition right away, which means that they will never consume a morsel of meat again, while others choose to do it slowly. It is important to be realistic about your long-term goals to avoid disappointments later on in the transition. It might take a long time, but transitioning gradually will not only allow you to learn as the process continues, but it will also prevent you from having to deal with too many cravings. Unless your need for change has been signaled by a health crisis, it is better to start off slowly.

Plan and prepare your meals

If you are busy, you might not have time for prepping your meals during the week. The lack of time can cause you to slip back into old habits so meal prep is key. The best time to prepare your meals is Sunday or during those moments when you are free. When meal prepping, you should go through your list of meals for breakfast, lunch, and supper to pick which meals you will eat during the week. It might take some time before you can get a working rhythm and pattern, but when you do, it can save you time and the headache of having to decide which meal to eat on the spot.

Find support

Change can feel very lonely especially when it causes you to stand out from the crowd. Having the support of others that are going through the process can go a long way in enriching your experience and can make your transition into your new healthier lifestyle less stressful. Try and enlist the support of your family and friends if you can. If you can’t, then there are community forums online and support networks that can help you out and keep you motivated.

Have you yet transitioned into a vegan diet ? How difficult was it ? Tell me.



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